Thank you, Melissa for having me on the blog today.
Most frequently asked question. Kelli, how do you come up with story ideas?
How don’t I? That’s a better question. I wish the ideas would come to me one at a time in evenly spaced intervals instead of pummeling me like Extreme Dodge Ball. Most stories I can trace back to their origin, a news story or article I read, if not a specific time or place. Once the seed is planted, it grows slowly like a flower, or sometimes consumes me like a weed. My latest release, Hair of the Dog, for example, was inspired by my job at the time.
Cue dramatic flashback music.
Once upon a time I worked at a fraternal organization. You know—one of those men’s clubs named after a majestic animal. The kind with secret handshakes, rituals and salutations. Sometimes they wear goofy hats or colorful vests adorned with regalia and call each other Brother. My job—if you’re curious—office grunt. I try to think of my menial jobs as paid research opportunities.
As a general rule, my mind does not operate paranormally, but I thought what if…what if the members of these benevolent societies were actually shifters of whatever fierce critter was their namesake? Wolves and Cougars and Bears, oh my. That’s a start, right? What’s next? Set the story in a sleepy little mountain town where shifters come to rejuvenate, relax and vacation. Throw in a magical hot spring in danger of drying up and an enchanted fairy prophesized to save the town and you’ve got the beginnings of a story. Sprinkle with romance, drizzle with sex and serve sizzling hot.
And now that I have the most frequently asked question out of the way, anyone have any other questions?
Hair of the Dog blurb:
When Grant, mayor of Mystic Springs, offers Ivy her dream job running the Mystic Springs resort, Ivy is thrilled and accepts the job without so much as visiting first. When she shows up and meets Grant, her goals change a little—she got the job and now she wants to get Grant—preferably at her mercy in the bedroom.
Grant’s inner animal is desperate to take Ivy and make her his. And he’s not joking about the animal part—Grant and most of the Mystic Springs residents are shifters. The spring is more than a landmark—it’s the touchstone that grounds their powers and keeps them on the human side of the shifter spectrum. But the spring is running dry.
The townspeople are convinced that Ivy is the woman who was prophesied to save the spring. Local legend is rife with sex acts that might rejuvenate the spring and Grant’s only too happy to give them a go—he just has to convince Ivy that he’s the man—err, wolf?—for her.
Kelli Scott, a former airline employee, spent her career globetrotting the world, leaving broken hearts and empty champagne flutes in every port. Turning over a new leaf, she started her own now defunct religion, also revolving around champagne. Currently a recluse living on a mountaintop in the Appalachians, she enjoys rock gardening, taxidermy and writing her semi-autobiographical memoirs. Her debut erotic romance, Stormy Wedding was a 2012 Epic and Beanpot finalist. Kelli Scott’s next erotic romance, Drive-In was also a 2012 Reader’s Choice Beanpot finalist. Hair of the Dog, her newest release is an erotic paranormal shifter romance.
Kelli is giving away ONE ecopy of Hair of the Dog to one randomly selected commenter. So leave some love and a way for her to contact you in case you win.